A lovely ride through the Sri Lankan countryside; fantastic views, wildlife and a nice change from coastal views. A really nice way of seeing some of the inland areas of Sri Lanka.
Organised through Alex on e-mail; we assumed we would be alone, so were surprised when we turned up to a group (which happened to be one large family). We were slightly put out at this but then we hadn't asked, had simply assumed it would be just us.
The tour began slowly due to a huge difference in cycling competence within the group, however the local guide quickly realised the frustrations of the more competent riders and organised a second guide for the slower contingent. The guide was lovely; very friendly, chatty and explained various sights along the way.
The bikes are of a reasonable standard and well-kept. The majority of the route is on tracks and there is very little traffic to encounter. Water is provided at the start, mid-way and again at the end. King Coconut is also provided mid-way through the ride. A support tuk-tuk is also on hand to help out.
We chose to do the Lake and Paddy trail which is around 15 miles; although loops back on itself so around a third of the route you will have already have been along on the way out.
All in all a great way of spending 2-3 hours and definitely recommended. Though this is a Brit run company, so don't be expecting Sri Lankan prices (!) but conversely you can expect well-kept bikes and a professionally organised tour.
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